2022 Vern-Barnett Awards For Excellence in Dental Assisting


Nominations will open soon for the Vern-Barnett Awards for Excellence in Dental Assisting.

It is time to consider nominating those special members of your Dental Team.
This is the opportunity for Dentists and staff to recognise their indispensable team members for the valuable contribution they have made to the dental practice.

The Vern-Barnett Awards have been established to commemorate the contributions made by Kathy & Dr Brian Vern-Barnett to the education, advancement and recognition of Dental Assisting as an integral part of the dental health team.

We know these Dental Assistants are truly valued employees who have a strong passion for their profession and want to share it with others.
This is your change to recognise these people and acknowledge their achievements.

Nominations are opening in March 2022 and awards will be announced in September 2022.

To nominate your Dental Assistant, complete the nomination form available from www.dapa.asn.au and submit to DAPA for consideration.

Each year the Dental Assistants Professional Association gives dental practices, employers and staff the opportunity to nominate a dental assistant who has done something extraordinary in the profession of dental assisting for an award recognising their excellence.

Perhaps this person has influenced a student, volunteered to help the underserved, organised continuing education courses, developed procedures to improve the workplace, been an exceptional mentor for staff or made your workplace a better environment in which to operate.

We all know these people. They are the unsung heroes, those who reach out to their colleagues and patients because they have a passion for their profession and want to inspire that passion in others. Nominees can be permanent, part-time or casual employees. Conditions of nomination are outlined on the application form.

Categories for nomination:
The Vern-Barnett Award for Excellence in Dental Assisting - Engraved crystal plaque & $1000 gift card
- a joint award by the Australian Dental Association and the Dental Assistants Professional Association, demonstrating excellence in the profession
(Nominees accepted from either private practice or public health clinic)

Loyalty and Long Service Award - Certificate and $700 gift card.
–minimum of 10 years consecutive employment with the one employer.
(Nominees accepted from private practice only)

Employer’s Indispensable Multi-Skilled Right Hand Award - Certificate and $600 gift card.
This award is Sponsored by ADA Inc
(Nominees accepted from private practice only)

Community initiative Award - Certificate & $200 gift card.
(Nominees accepted from a private practice or public health clinic)

New Employee of the Year Award - Certificate & $200 gift card.
– less than one year’s experience
(Nominees accepted from a private practice or public Health clinic)

Applications must be lodged using the form supplied. Forms available in March
Contact DAPA office for more information 02 9569 3220 (Mon - Wed only)
Email info@dapa.asn.au